Pharmaceutical Drugs Found In Water Are Changing The Sex Of Fish

MetforminAccording to a team of researchers, eggs produced by the female fish exposed to metformin showed signs of male and female morphology.  At present, 382 million people worldwide live with the debilitating diagnosis of diabetes. And with numbers only expected to increase, that means that so too are the prescriptions for the drugs that are commonly used to treat this blood sugar disorder. Although many physicians have had success treating patients through a ‘food as medicine’ approach, pharmaceutical drug Metformin is still the most commonly reached-for medication to treat this disease of affluence. But Metformin isn’t just available from pharmaceutical dispensaries and private medicine cabinets, it’s also been shown to be showing up in freshwater systems. And now new research suggests it is likely to blame for intersex fish. Read Article

 

BPA Is Fine, If You Ignore Most Studies About It

Bisphenol A (BPA) is present in many types of hard, clear, plastics. PAUL TAYLOR/CORBIS
Bisphenol A (BPA) is present in many types of hard, clear, plastics. PAUL TAYLOR/CORBIS

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is either a harmless chemical that’s great for making plastic or one of modern society’s more dangerous problems. Depends whom you ask. BPA is in many types of plastics and the epoxy resins that line most aluminum cans, as well as thermal papers like receipts. It is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen, a hormone especially important in sexual development, and the fact that it’s all over the place worries many people. Newsweek spoke with about 20 scientists, leaders in the field of BPA research, and the majority say it is likely (though not certain) that the chemical plays a role in a litany of health concerns: obesity, diabetes, problems with fertility and reproductive organs, susceptibility to various cancers and cognitive/behavioral deficits like ADHD. Read Full Article